East End Connect

Empowering social entrepreneurs to transform Hackney, and Barking & Dagenham

We know that people in every community have the talent and potential to find solutions to social problems. We have partnered with UBS to launch East End Connect in Hackney and Barking & Dagenham. We will support 42 social entrepreneurs in these areas to start, grow and scale social ventures tackling challenging local social issues.

East End Connect builds on the momentum and impact of Hackney Connect, which helped 175 people into employment and benefitted more than 2,000 people around Hackney. We want to continue to help people with enterprising ideas develop the confidence, skills and connections to make their ideas for social change a reality.

How can we support you?

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Do It

Our Do It awards give you up to £5,000 cash, alongside a tailored package of support, so that you can create a social venture to tackle any social problem you’re passionate about fixing.

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Our accelerator, Thrive, will support 12 social ventures who have already demonstrated impact, the potential to scale and who want to improve employment opportunities for people distant from the labour market across the East End.


East End Connect supports those who are

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Reside in the United Kingdom
  • Willing to participate in a learning experience
  • Working to benefit people living in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Barking & Dagenham.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have a real social impact
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals
  • Provide a learning experience or opportunity.

We cannot support concepts and ventures that:

  • Are part of your paid employment where you are an employee 
  • Involve political or religious campaigning 
  • Involve activities outside the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages enthnic, religious or commercial disharmony 

Apply for support

Apply for an award

Other support

If you're not based in East London we can still help you. We provide three levels of early stage support, designed to match your growth as a social entrepreneur. Many of the people we support progress through different stages of awards as their venture grows. 

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Try it

Our Try It award will help you on your first steps of testing...

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Do It

Our Do it awards help make your idea for social change a...

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Grow It

The Grow It award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow...

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We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.

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